In a whirlwind turn of events, Taylor, a 5-foot-11 scoring point guard from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, made a verbal commitment to George Washington on Tuesday.
The Atlantic 10 program had only gotten involved recently, when Karl Hobbs made the trip to White Plains to evaluate Taylor on Thursday. He was back in Westchester County on Tuesday to check on Taylor, and while en route to D.C., received a pleasant surprise.
"Tony called him when he was on his ride home to commit," said Tony Taylor, Sr., who is the freshman coach at Stepinac. "It was quick, and he just showed so much love for the kid."
Taylor was wedded to the idea of signing late before GW's push. He had received scholarship offers from schools like Loyola (Md.), Boston U., and St. Bonaventure- as well as a slew of other programs in the Northeast- before pulling the trigger. He had taken an official visit to Loyola in September.
George Washington gets a scoring guard who can create for himself, stroke it off the bounce, and get to the rim. He has been working on improving his upper body strength. He ran with the Connecticut Basketball Club on the AAU circuit.
"The one thing (Hobbs) really liked was the way he shot the ball," said Stepinac coach Tim Philp. "He shoots the ball extremely well and he makes guys around him better."